Aaron and I went to Lake Jackson to do a few missionary interviews and then stayed for the Spanish Branch’s sacrament meeting. A unique experience in that there were only about 7 of us when it started, it started 15 minutes late and not only did Aaron speak but I shared a short testimony in Spanish. Two members of the ward spoke as well and did a great job. The spirit was strong and I could tell there were talking about pioneers of faith even though it was all in Spanish. By the end of the meeting there were probably 30 members in attendance. Best of all, we got to partake of the sacrament, be filled with the spirit and be renewed! The kids had dinner with the Hall side of the family and then enjoyed the fireworks up at Weber State in celebration of Pioneer Days. I think it’s the first time they have actually gone up to Weber State to watch the fireworks. We usually just sit in our driveway in North Ogden to watch them.
Zac is attending EFY at Weber State this week. The kids continued the celebrations of Pioneer Days by going to the 24th of July parade in Ogden and breakfast at Kneader’s afterwards. They also got to enjoy the rodeo as well. Grandpa gets them seats right over the bullpen so it is pretty fun to watch and be a part of. It doesn’t sound like any of the Hall grandkids participated in muttin bustin this year. That is always fun to watch but even better when one of the kiddos is riding one of the sheep. Between Sunday night and Monday, I write my missionary email and work on my missionary memories with this blog. It takes more time then I would like but worth it. ;)
Aaron continued with interviews this week in Friendswood, League City and Bay City. I continued to share with the missionaries the importance of following up as we extend invitations whether it be to our members or investigators. Very receptive this week but not as many “A-ha” moments like last week. I am following up myself on the zones I shared this last week to see if they are boldy inviting and then making plans to follow up. I do have to set and example. J After all the interviews were done on Thursday, I headed to the dentist to get my teeth cleaned. I love getting my teeth clean, oh and being told I have no cavities. Little joys. Izzy is joyful right now too because she was groomed today which means less hair = cooler in the Texas heat. ;) Jessie and Allie not so happy apparently Jessie was infected with lice. So they plus and Megan spent 24 hours getting rid of lice. No fun, but lice in Texas is very common. L I assume she got it here and took it there.
We held MLC on Friday. I love how these meetings are council and the missionaries share experiences and ideas. Aaron does a great job helping them prepare for the meetings so they can be actively engaged and then facilitate the discussion. I think the council truly feels empowered to own their zones and areas. It’s great to witness. Aaron and I went to see the Jason Bourne movie for date night. We haven’t seen a movie in quite a while just as a couple. The show was pretty intense but to be expected with a Bourne movie. The kids had their 2nd annual cousin rooftop sleepover at the building Curtis’s business is in. The kids love it! They have a great view of the whole city. Thanks Megan and Curtis. Not a lot of sleep going on but fun nonetheless. Zac really enjoyed EFY. He had a great experience and even found someone that he would like Allie to date. What a sweet brother.
Well it was birthday celebrations on Saturday for Zac and Jessie, 16 and 9. Crazy to think Zac is 16 especially when I think Allie is still 16. They need to stop growing up. The Hall cousins all met gma and gpa at Kneaders for a birthday breakfast. Thanks gma and gpa! Jessie got to go swimming at North Shore, see the BFG movie and earring shopping. Zac was super surprised that his mom plus two awesome moms in Utah were able to pull off a surprise party for him with lots of good friends. He had no idea. So the birthday kids had a great day! Aaron and I went to Sugarland Town center for a concert by The Voice top 5 finalist from Sugarland, Mary Sarah. She did a really good job. She sings country, not really our style but entertaining.